Apps that work well for alerting first responders, apps that work well for collecting information, apps that work well for citizens requesting services all have specific and even unique requirements in their supporting infrastructures. Acquisition, governance, and other strategies for common application across agencies need to reflect those differences intelligently to maximize benefits of standardization while minimizing ...more »
Strive for reusability, simplicity, and platform-independence to the maximum extent practicable when developing mobility solutions.
Create a Federal mobility reference architecture to enable adoption of common solutions (e.g., for BYOD).
Develop an Innovation Center where Industry and Academia partners can come together in a live 'sandbox' environment to create and develop prototype solutions to address the US Gov's mission needs. This would bring the expertise and technology from the mobility community in infrastructure, devices, applications content and security. This ecosystem could help create, evaluate and validate service concepts in a very agile ...more »
Even in early draft form, a document like this that has the power to transform Government must address security at a fundamental level. If security is left to be bolted on by individual agency procurements, we'll end up increasing risks and costs. There should be some high level direction that the introduction of mobile must not increase the risks, and that a common set of standards (not products) across broad groups ...more »
The mobile strategy needs to consider: 1) Who the audience is 2) What device(s) they have 3) What you want to achieve Different audiences have different expectations. Frequent users might like a app on their device from an app store. First-time or infrequent visitors will not download an app. They will expect to access with the web browser on their mobile device. Frequent users will want the navigation to be streamlined. ...more »
Online forms need to be flexible enough to be displayed, filled out and submitted on a mobile device. Large PDFs intended for use on a PC only are impossible to use on a smartphone. Forms should be able to adapt to a mobile device and display in a mobile-optimized format.
Is the Federal government wants to truly go mobile, recommend eliminating all landline phones and replacing them with either employee-owned or government smartphones. This will not only save money, but make life easier for all Feds. Also, let's implement secure wireless systems to replace the old ethernet wired systems. This will allow more employees to work in less space, promote office-sharing, and provide true mobility ...more »
Don't force the technology worker to use one brand for a SmartPhone (Blackberry, Android, MS Windows, Apple). Leverage what the user is already buying. Give the end user a set amount of funds to purchase technology every three years.
United Spinal Association wishes to emphasize the importance of the federal mobility strategy's recognition of accessibility and accommodation of mobile devices and apps to the functionality, productivity, independence and quality of life of people living with disabilities. Devices like the I-Pad and smart phones have already opened new worlds of communication and functional capacity to those with spinal cord injuries ...more »
The concept would be to develop a government open source Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution. This open source MDM would be mobile device agnostic and allow for multi tenant environments for data center/cloud provisioning. Any government agency or an agency's contractor would have all API's for any unique features that are desired. The goal would reduce the risk of escalating costs for the government and the risk ...more »
Develop agency-level mobility plans that include government to citizen, government to business, government to government, and government to employee plans, priorities, and timelines for implementation.
A distinction should be made between applications whose intended use are considered mobile-only vs applications that are considered platform-neutral (mobile,tablet,desktop). Guidance can be established (guidelines, best practices,...) for analyzing mobile compatibility requirements for new applications. If a web application is determined to be platform neutral whereby the user expects to use it from any web enabled ...more »
During disruptive events such as natural (or man-made) disasters, there is a need for rapid coordination among government personnel and access to critical data relevant to the situation. This critical data will typically be stored remotely from the mobile user. Whether the user is a first responder or a headquarters decision maker, leveraging the commercial wireless infrastructure via mobile devices is the most robust ...more »
Government Agencies should all have mobile apps. These apps should be held to the same accessibility standard as their websites